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Friday, March 9,2012

COMMENTS

Futures folly

by Pete Crow - Publisher
You love them when they’re long and then you hate them when they short the market. Big money funds can swing a lot of dollars around in commodities futures trading, and with live cattle and feeder cattle contracts that typically have low trading volume, it makes it that much CROW.

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Friday, March 2,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s remarkable that fed cattle are flirting with a $130 market and it’s not enough for cattle feeders to be profitable. Market analysts are projecting that fed cattle will find a top value somewhere around $137 and it should come sometime in the next 60 days.

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Friday, February 24,2012

COMMENTS

Weights distort placements

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week’s fed cattle trade reports hinted at a shortage of cattle and had discussion of cattle feeders not backing up market ready cattle, which some analysts say is creating a marketing problem. When packers pay $5-6 more for cattle, they simply need the cattle, so the idea that we have too many CROW.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Black Ink

Beating expectations

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
In politics, surveys regularly measure public opinions on issues and candidates so that when the votes are all in and tallied, we filter the score based on how reality fit the projections. A strong second-place finish can be more important than a win based on what we thought would happen.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Management Topics

Making cattle fit the cowherd and the feeder market

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Kris Ringwall had an excellent article in his monthly Beef Talk column titled “Cattle size is different than cow size.” In his article, he expresses that there can be huge differences in cattle size as well as variability in the shape of the body mass.

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Friday, February 24,2012

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Preceding Floyd in death is eldest son Chuck, father Mack, mother Birdie, and sisters Virginia DeAtley, and Marjorie Earnest. Surviving family members include first wife and life-long friend, Ethel Bidwell, Hat Creek, second wife, Sharon Stevenson of Cottonwood.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Vet's perspective

Nutritional requirements for your cowherd

by WLJ
Are your cattle prepared for the spring calving season? With all of the efforts that are put forth during basic cattle management, it can be easy to forget the small stuff. One of the “small” but very important aspects of nutrition involves adequate mineral intake.

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Friday, February 17,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) said their primary issue this year was going to be a strong attempt to eliminate estate taxes. Last week, President Obama revealed his budget proposal of $3.8 trillion for next year. Unfortunately, many of his tax and spending CROW.

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Friday, February 10,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Since the middle of December, feeder cattle prices have shot straight up. Last week, August feeders were trading over $160. Can we really believe they could go much higher while fed cattle are languishing at $125? This market is simply amazing. Last week, National Cattlemen’s Beef CROW.

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Friday, February 10,2012

LEGALLY speaking

by WLJ
There are do’s and don’t’s which farmers, ranchers and horse owners should be aware of in complying with IRS Regulations. The IRS is not looking for any higher standard of recordkeeping than expected of ordinary small businesses.

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